Cost Consultancy, UK
Steven joined Mace in 1998 and became one of the founding directors of Mace Cost Consultancy in the UK. With over 25 years’ experience working in both contracting and consultancy, Steven has worked on major commissions that include the RBS Gogarburn Headquarters, RBS/NatWest retail rollout, the London 2012 Aquatics Centre, 5 Broadgate for British Land, and is now Managing Director of Cost Consultancy.
- How did you get into what you do?
I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I first left school. I’d always been interested in engineering and construction so I started working with a friend’s dad on a construction site and he told me I should go into quantity surveying – so I did!
I joined a building contractor as a trainee QS and spent one day a week studying for an HNC in building studies and then a degree in quantity surveying.
While I was completing my studies to become a chartered surveyor, I was offered a role as a professional QS and decided to make the change from contracting to consultancy. After five years I joined Mace in 1998 because they had a reputation for doing something different and for being ground breaking and innovative - it intrigued me.
- How has your career progressed since joining Mace?
I joined as a cost planner and within 12 months I was leading the team. In fact, within three years I went from cost planner to senior cost planner to associate director and then operations director. Mace typically promote from within which has given me some great opportunities over the years.
In 2004 we kicked off the Mace cost consultancy business and I moved across with my team as a founding director. Most recently I’ve become Managing Director of Cost Consultancy – the goal I’ve really been working towards all of these years.
- What do you enjoy most about your current role at Mace?
Being a managing director is a privilege. I’m very lucky because I get to see a little bit of every project and take the knowledge from one to help influence and improve others. That’s what makes the role special.
- What do you hope you will be doing in the next five years?
I’ve got a vision for the cost consultancy business that I’ll be spending the next five years developing. There’s an opportunity to move the business forward. My challenge is to make that happen. I believe we can be in the top five cost consultancies in the next five years.
I don’t want us to be just another QS. I want to differentiate us from the competition by making sure we use the full benefit of Mace’s construction and consultancy expertise to inform the advice we give to our clients.
- What are you passionate about outside of work?
I love all sports - I used to play rugby at school and I’m a huge football fan. I even coach my son’s under 14s team at weekends.
My real passion though is for motorbikes. I have a sports bike and I’ve just bought a Triumph. There’s nothing quite like riding my Ducati across the South Downs and along the coast on a summer’s morning – it really clears the mind and blows the cobwebs off!
- If you hadn’t got into this line of work what do you think you might be doing?
I would have been a helicopter pilot in the Navy. I had an interview when I first left school but I don’t think my heart was fully in it. Never say never - maybe I’ll learn how to fly one day just for fun.
“I want to differentiate us from the competition by making sure we use the full benefit of Mace’s construction and consultancy expertise to inform the advice we give to our clients.”